On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 30

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1791 Mozart's opera "Magic Flute" premieres in Vienna

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" premieres in Boston

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1954 "Boy Friend" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances
  • 1963 "Student Gypsy" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1964 "Oh What a Lovely War" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 125 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1965 Donovan's 1st US TV appearance (Shindig)

  • 1967 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 The Supremes release "Love Child"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Music awardsMusic Awards

1992 26th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1997 "Too Close" single released by Next (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1622 Johann Sebastiani, German composer, born in Weimar (d. 1683)
  • 1685 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, Bohemian composer and choirmaster, born in Gossengrün, (d. 1734)
  • 1743 Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer (Dixit Dominus), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1822)
  • 1752 Justin Heinrich Knecht, German composer, born in Biberach an der Riss (d. 1817)
  • 1824 Peter Milne, Scottish composer and violinist, born in Kincardine O'Neil (d. 1908)
  • 1840 Johan Svendsen, Norwegian composer, born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1911)
  • 1852 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish organist and composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1924)
  • 1856 Andrejs Jurjans, Latvian composer, born in Ērgļi, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1922)
  • 1862 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus (Conus), Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1933)
  • 1871 Ruben Liljefors, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1936)
  • 1879 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • 1879 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Viola d'amour), born in Paris, France (d. 1947)
  • 1898 [Julius] Johannes Rontgen, German Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1906 Éamonn Ó Gallchobhair [Eamonn O Gallagher], Irish composer, born in Dundalk, Ireland (d. 1982)
  • 1907 Arnold Elston, American composer, born in New York (d. 1971)
  • 1908 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1974)

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1917 Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1919 Patricia Neway, American soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Ghazar Saryan, composer
  • 1920 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American musician and cellist
  • 1925 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, born in La Rioja Province, Argentina (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Peder Holm, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1927 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), born in Tehran, Persia (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Emily "Cissy" Houston [née Drinkard], American soul and gospel singer and Whitney's mother, born in Newark, New Jersey.
  • 1934 Udo Jürgens, Austrian singer
  • 1935 Jill Corey, Avonmore Pa, singer (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1935 Johnny Mathis, American pop vocalist ("Chances Are"; "Wild Is The Wind"; The Twelfth of Never"), born in Gilmer, Texas
  • 1937 Valentin Vasil'yevich Sil'vestrov, composer
  • 1940 Lori Burton [Dolores Squeglia], American singer, songwriter and record producer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1942 Dewey Martin, Canadian rock drummer (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"), born in Chesterville, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Frankie Lymon, American pop singer (The Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1942 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), born in Woking, Surrey (d. 2002)
  • 1943 Marilyn McCoo, American soul singer (5th Dimension; "You Don't Have To Be A Star") and TV host (Solid Gold), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1944 Diane Dufresne, French Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1946 Sylvia Peterson, American pop vocalist (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born on The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer, born in Machuelo Abajo, Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1993)
  • 1947 Marc Bolan, English rock vocalist and guitarist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong (Get It On)), born in London (d. 1977)
  • 1949 Eleanor Alberga, Jamaican contemporary music composer, based in London (Arise, Athena!), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1950 Renato Zero [Fiacchini], Italian pop, rock and soul singer (Madame), born in Rome
  • 1952 Frank Zincavage, American new wave bassist (Romeo Void - "Never Say Never")
  • 1952 John Lombardo, American songwriter and guitarist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1953 Deborah Allen, American country singer (Jim Stafford Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1954 Patrice Rushen, jazz and R&B pianist and singer and songwriter (Forget Me Nots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), born in Belfast, Northern, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1958 Marty Stuart, American country guitarist, singer-songwriter and mandolin player (The Whiskey Ain't Workin'), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi
  • 1958 Biggie Tembo [Rodwell Marasha], Zimbabwean musician (Bhundu Boys), born in Chinhoye, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe (d. 1995)
  • 1959 Basia [Barbara Stanisława Trzetrzelewska], Polish jazz and pop singer (Time and Tide), born in Jaworzno, Poland
  • 1961 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1962 Shaan [Shantanu Mukherjee], Indian singer, born in Khandwa
  • 1964 Robby Takac, American rock Bassist (Goo Goo Dolls - "Iris"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 (Ernest Joseph) "Trey" Anastasio III, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Phish), born in Ft. Worth, Texas
  • 1979 Clio-Danae Othoneou, Greek actress, musician and pianistn born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1979 Vince Chong, Malaysian-Chinese singer-songwriter and actor, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1984 T-Pain {Faheem Rasheed Najm], American rapper/singer (Epiphany), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1986 Ben Lovett, British folk-rock musician and producer (Mumford & Sons), born in Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • 1987 Denise Laurel, Filipina actress and singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1987 Aida Garifullina, Russian soprano (Operalia 2013), born in Kazan, Russia

Person of interestMaddie Ziegler

2002 Maddie Ziegler, American dancer, actress and model, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dancer, Actress and Model Maddie Ziegler
Dancer, Actress and Model
Maddie Ziegler

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Jazz musician Miles Davis (42) weds singer Betty Mabry (23)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 2006 Hanson pop rock Isaac Hanson (25) weds Nicole Dufresne (22) at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa
  • 2011 Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis (26) weds TV host and actress Kathryn Camsey in Las Vegas

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1938 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) divorces pianist Lil Armstrong (40) after more than 14 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • 1612 Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1712 Johann Michael Zächer, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • 1716 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer, theologian and poet, dies at 62
  • 1755 Francesco Durante, Neapolitan composer,and teacher dies at 71
  • 1803 Charles Broche, French composer, dies at 51
  • 1819 Nicolas Roze, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1884 Louis Lacombe, French pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1904 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1912 Mary Frances Allitsen, composer, dies at 63
  • 1940 Walter Kollo, composer, dies at 62
  • 1963 Arnold Foster, English composer, dies at 66
  • 1976 Louis Fourestier, composer, dies at 84
  • 1977 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • 1981 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 1983 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 1987 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), dies at 92
  • 1993 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • 1999 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 2003 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), dies of cancer at 64 [1]
  • 2012 César Bolaños, Peruvian musician and composer, dies at 81
  • 2016 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96
  • 2017 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), dies at 89
  • 2019 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74